Saturday, 17 November 2012

Week beginning November 19th - DIY

Okay, so you want to open a cafe? Excellent. Is it because you love making coffee, or love making food, or love serving customers? Is it because you want to be your own boss? Is it because you think it's a great way to make loads of money and a great sexy lifestyle?

Well here is a tip. You probably will not be making coffee, or making food, or serving customers all day every day. You will probably also take a long time to make loads of money.  And in many many cases, it is not very sexy. Because when you open a cafe, you open a business. So therefore, quite logically, you will be RUNNING A BUSINESS.

Even if it is very, very small, you will still have to do all the other things that running a business entails. Or, you will have to spend a lot of money on getting experts to do them for you. Now, I know of a very reputable place that offers a two day, how to open a cafe workshop and this is probably one of the best types of courses you could possibly do in London, facilitated by some top experts in the field. But what I also recommend you do are courses in:

How to be an electrician
How to be an accountant
How to be a plumber
How to be a leader
How to do marketing
How to do human resources
How to be a painter

In the past three weeks alone we have done all this ourselves:

  • Found a leaking pipe under the floorboards that was dripping into the kitchen. But we had the get the experts in to fix this and it cost £216.
  • Fixed a broken flush button on one toilet
  • Fixed a broken toilet seat on another toilet
  • Unblocked the sewer (twice now)
  • Found the reason water was coming under our back wall so had to climb out the back to unblock a gully trap drain, down a man hole, after scaring away the nesting pigeons
  • Freshened up high wear areas by re-painting them
  • Installed a new lock on a door to the staff area

And that is just a small example. Imagine if we had the experts in to fix all these problems, it would have cost a fortune!

If you want to open a business, that is great, but please do be aware that is does entail a lot of other  things that you have to do as well, not just making coffee, and you need to be a little bit of an expert in everything. DIY.

Please enjoy the menu this week, because we have enjoyed putting it together and we will enjoy serving it to you.

Traditional bircher muesli with rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.30
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses and rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.30
Fruit salad (pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passionfruit, peach) 3.50
(add 30 p for granola or yogurt)
Ciabatta roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 4.70
Ciabatta roll with courgette omelette, rocket and tomato salsa 4.70
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach & plum tomatoes 4.70
Croissant with gruyere cheese and plum tomatoes 3.90
Seven seed bakery bloomer toast with homemade preserves 1.70
Coffee, cherry and walnut toast 2.30
Banana bread 2.20

Porridge - Served with rhubarb and raspberry compote, chopped nuts, muscovado sugar, golden syrup or honey 3.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissants 1.70
Pain au chocolat 2.30
Almond croissants 2.70

Baked Treats
Blueberry and bran sweet muffins 2.00
Spinach and feta savoury muffins 2.00
Poached pear friands 2.00
Super moist chocolate brownies 2.30
White chocolate blondies 2.30
Portuguese tarts 1.90
ANZAC cookies 1.70
Whoopie pies 1.70

Soup - Shaved Brussels sprouts with pancetta, pecorino pieces and cider

French retro baguettes 4.70
Pancetta, glazed apricots, brie and rocket
Aubergine, sweet chilli, goats cheese, thai basil, spinach

Foccacias with sea salt and rosemary crust 4.90
Italian roast ham with clementine mayonnaise, roasted sweet potato and rocket
Bufala mozzarella with slow roasted tomatoes, pesto and spinach

Salads 4.90/5.90
Fried chicken with fried chicken mushrooms, cos lettuce and mushroom and tarragon dressing
Beetroot, mature cheddar and dill
Celeriac curried with mustard seeds

Tart 4.00 or 6.90 with salad
Quiche with mozart potatoes, brie, spinach and truffle oil

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